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All-State football: Breaking down the first-team defense

A look at the defensive standouts on The Oklahoman's 2013 All-State team.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid and Chris Brannick Published: January 5, 2014

Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Committed to Oklahoma State

This season: After starting the year as a defensive end where incredible speed off the edge makes him a dangerous pass rusher, Brailford was shifted to linebacker when the Hornets switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme. He finished with 105 tackles and nine sacks. He's expected to return to defensive end at OSU next year.

Deondre Clark, Douglass

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Committed to LSU

This season: Matched his school record of 22 sacks, which he set last year, and the athletic 245-pounder showed that he can be a terror running the ball. He shifted from fullback to tailback and rushed for 1,622 yards and 22 touchdowns on 186 carries.

Tramal Ivy, Muskogee

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Recruited by Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State

This season: Ivy possesses athleticism few can match and that was evident with a school-record 19 sacks, including four in the season finale against Bixby, and 77 tackles. He also played tight end, scoring six of the 14 times he caught a pass.

Cade Parker, Norman

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Recruited by UCO, Central Missouri, Central Arkansas, East Central, Northeastern, Washburn.

This season: Parker became Norman High's most accomplished pass rusher. He started off the season with five sacks against rival Norman North, tying the school's single-game record, and went on to set the season (21) and career (32) sack records for the Tigers.

Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow

Senior linebacker

College choice: Committed to Oklahoma State

This season: One of the state's fastest linebackers, sideline-to-sideline, Akem totaled 67 tackles with six sacks. He also had two fumble recoveries and one interception to help the Tigers to the Class 6A state semifinals.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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